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Tanzania: Human Trafficking Getting Worrisome

In Child Labor, Child Trafficking, Forced Labor, Human Trafficking, Involuntary Domestic Servitude on June 22, 2013 at 11:35 am

DESPITE the high level of abuse that prevails in domestic service in Tanzanian urban centres, the occupation remains one of the most common jobs for children, particularly girls.

The most exploited and most demeaned children are the commercial sex workers. Existing research suggests that more girls under the age of 16 are employed in domestic service.

Many are victims of human trafficking, a diabolical business that appears to be gaining ground. The current trend sees traffickers owning stables holding ten or more girls. As with other forms of child labour — poverty, domestic servitude, the breakdown of the family and parents not seeing the importance of education, contribute to the supply of child domestic workers.

Source: All Africa

Nanny tells human trafficking trial she was forced to work 16-hour days

In Debt Bondage among Migrant Workers, Forced Labor, Human Trafficking, Involuntary Domestic Servitude on June 14, 2013 at 4:12 pm

Sarmiento said the couple told her that her working conditions would be the same as in Hong Kong, where she had two days off a week and regular hours, and that she would become a permanent resident in Canada after two years.

Sarmiento said that unlike in Canada, she was also allowed to socialize with other people, had her own cell phone to make frequent calls to the Philippines and took the children under her care out of the home on her own.

But all that changed when she arrived in Canada, where she was forced to work 16-hour days, seven days a week and also clean the house.

“When they see that the (other) nannies are talking to me, Mr. Orr would approach me and he would tell me there’s no need for you to talk to the nannies,” she said, describing her past experiences visiting a local community centre.

 

 

Read more: http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Nanny+tells+human+trafficking+trial+forced+work+16hour/8483331/story.html#ixzz2VVpBP1fl

Abuse And Human Trafficking Prevalent Among Central American Migrants Crossing The Mexico-U.S. Border

In Debt Bondage among Migrant Workers, Forced Labor, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Involuntary Domestic Servitude, Sex Trafficking on May 30, 2013 at 2:25 pm

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More than half of all Central American immigrants who cross the Mexican northeast in search of a better life in the United States are victims of abuse and human trafficking, said Diana Evelyn Mata Monreal who heads the Welfare and Humanitarian Aid Foundation.

Cases of sexual abuse and exploitation are often reported, aside from other instances where individuals crossing the border are forced to work as part of drug trafficking networks.

“There are no definite statistics, but in some form or other more than 50 percent of migrants have been victimized by trafficking or liberty deprivation. They are not allowed to communicate with their families, they are lied to and they are made unreal promises in order to trick them into a life of slavery,” she said.

Source: Latino Post

Woman escapes modern-day slavery in a home near the nation’s capital

In Child Labor, Debt Bondage among Migrant Workers, Forced Labor, Human Trafficking, Involuntary Domestic Servitude on April 22, 2013 at 2:36 pm

A few years ago, a kind lady at church suggested she make a run for it. “Run, run,” she told her. “Don’t shower, don’t change your clothes, don’t take anything.” Just run into the dark of early morning, through the nice, American neighborhood, when all are still asleep. And the kind lady from church picked her up at the rendezvous point.

Esther will celebrate her emancipation day Tuesday. But to be honest, she celebrates it every day.

“Now, I have peace. Peace in my heart. It is happy. I am happy,” Esther told me, asking that I not reveal her full name or native country because she still fears her captors.

Esther is one of thousands of survivors of human trafficking in the United States.

Source: Washington Post

Airport’s police thwart human trafficking

In Forced Labor, Human Trafficking, Involuntary Domestic Servitude on February 16, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Officers with the Ngurah Rai International Airport’s special police precinct foiled on Saturday the departure of eight people, six of whom were allegedly victims of human trafficking.

The eight people, who were on their way to depart to Malaysia, consisted of six female migrant workers by the names of Katrina Kali Ghobi, Ade Erwin Kondo, Sofia Ambu Kaka, Mariana Ina Kaka, Yuliana Pogo, and Nuraini M Nor. The two others were believed to be an escort named Anita Laksono and a communicator named Aziz Suparto Mustafa. The latter two’s apparent roles were facilitating the travel of the six women and introducing them to their would-be employers on the other side of the border.

Officers, consisting of airport precinct personnel and East Nusa Tenggara Police’s criminal investigation directorate, stopped them just minutes before the flight departure time at gates number 17 and 18 of the domestic departure terminal of Ngurai Rai Airport in Tuban, Badung regency. The officers took them to the airport’s precinct office and quizzed them.

“They were caught before boarding the plane,” said Bali Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Hariadi, citing that the group planned to depart on Lion Air flight JT 0017 to Jakarta, which would continue to Batam by flight JT 0372.

The six women, aged between 20 to 28-years-old, had been promised employment as domestic workers in Malaysia. They originate from East and West Nusa Tenggara provinces.

Source: The Jakarta Post

Anti-trafficking tsar warns employers: We will punish you for slave labour

In Bonded Labor, Debt Bondage among Migrant Workers, Forced Labor, Human Trafficking, Involuntary Domestic Servitude on February 7, 2013 at 9:15 am

The man charged with stopping modern-day slavery in Wales has warned employers who use labour exploitation: “We will bring you to justice.”

Stephen Chapman, Wales’ new anti-human trafficking coordinator, said the excuse that employers “do not know” their workers are trafficked would not wash.

He said anyone using trafficked workers could face prosecution.

Mr Chapman said: “Employers have a duty of care when they employ people. It is no use making an excuse.

“If you are paying below the market price for people you have got to be asking ‘Where are these people from?’”

 

Read more: Wales Online http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/2013/02/02/anti-trafficking-tsar-warns-employers-we-will-punish-you-for-slave-labour-91466-32732809/#ixzz2JsvBvMq4

Human trafficking in New York: The rescue of a Pinay nanny

In Forced Labor, Human Trafficking, Involuntary Domestic Servitude on February 6, 2013 at 9:26 am
Rina Hernandez was grateful to October superstorm Sandy. Somewhat.
If not for the widespread destruction and chaos the hurricane brought on Staten Island, this nanny would not be able to plan her escape from her allegedly abusive Egyptian employers.
“Nagpapasalamat po talaga ako sa Sandy,” Rina, 52, told reporters at a press conference arranged by the Filipino American Legal and Education Defense Fund (Faldef).
Rina, a school teacher in Qatar for six years, found herself working as a nanny for the family of an Egyptian businessman in New York. “Sino po ba ayaw mag-trabaho sa New York,” she explained to The FilAm why she left a decent teaching job in the Middle East working with school children.
In Staten Island, where the family settled, she looked after six children and worked long hours with very little sleep and food. Her passport was held by the Egyptian housewife, and she and two other Filipino maids lived reportedly in deplorable conditions.
At the hotel where the family stayed at the height of the hurricane’s devastation, she and two other Filipino maids attempted to pilfer hotel towels, blankets and tubes of toothpaste to take home with them. It was not to happen because a combined team of Staten Island police, consular officials and lawyers from Faldef swooped down on the hotel where the family was staying to rescue Rina, as the Egyptian housewife grudgingly handed Rina’s passport to the authorities. The two other servants opted to stay behind.
Source: GMA Network

India’s child maids face slavery, abuse and sometimes rape

In Child Labor, Child Sex Trafficking, Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking, Involuntary Domestic Servitude, Sex Trafficking on January 31, 2013 at 12:37 pm

She was just 14 years old when she was picked up from her poor village in eastern India and promised good wages as a maid in New Delhi. Instead, she was forced to work for free as a virtual slave in a wealthy middle-class household.

When she plucked up the courage to complain to the “placement agent” who had found her the job, “he beat me and then he raped me,” the girl, now 17, said in an interview in this capital city. “He said if I ever tried to run away from home, he would kill off my family and burn down my house.”

Every year, hundreds of thousands of girls are trafficked from rural India to work as domestic servants in middle-class homes in India’s fast-growing urban areas. They are expected to work at least 15 hours a day for food, lodging and salaries well below the legal minimum monthly wage of about $125. Many end up cut off from their families, abused and treated like slaves. Some are sexually assaulted.

Source: Washington Post

Sold into slavery: India turning a blind eye to the rape, trafficking of child maids

In Child Labor, Child Trafficking, Forced Labor, Human Trafficking, Involuntary Domestic Servitude on January 31, 2013 at 9:55 am

The girl was just 14 when she was picked up from her poor village in eastern India and promised good wages as a maid in Delhi. Instead, she was forced to work as a virtual slave in a wealthy middle-class household.

When she plucked up the courage to complain to the ”placement agent” who had found her the job, ”he beat me and then he raped me”, the girl, now 17, said. ”He said if I ever tried to run away from home, he would kill off my family and burn down my house.”

He said if I ever tried to run away from home, he would kill off my family and burn down my house.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of girls are trafficked from rural India to work as domestic servants in middle-class homes in India’s fast-growing urban areas. They are expected to work at least 15 hours a day for food, lodging and salaries well below the legal minimum monthly wage of about $125. Many end up cut off from their families, abused and treated as slaves. Some are sexually assaulted.

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/world/sold-into-slavery-india-turning-a-blind-eye-to-the-rape-trafficking-of-child-maids-20130121-2d34q.html#ixzz2Iwbz9I3

Nigeria: Collaboration Needed to to Combat Human Trafficking From Nigeria

In Child Labor, Child Trafficking, Forced Labor, Human Trafficking, Involuntary Domestic Servitude on January 28, 2013 at 9:42 am

Orphaned at the age of 12, Grace was sent to work in a Nigerian household as a servant. Her duties were demanding. She was not paid, she could not attend school and was abused by her employer. After working for the family for a few years her employer told her that she was moving to London and that Grace would follow.

Grace was uncertain but had no means to leave or to disobey. When she arrived in the UK the abuse and exploitation got worse. She was not allowed to leave the house, was expected to work through the day and night and slept on the floor. The wages she were promised never materialised.

Grace was one of the people who took part in a research study published today that the UK-based organisations IPPR and Eaves, and the Nigerian organisation dRPC carried out with people who had been trafficked from Nigeria to the UK. Human trafficking from Nigeria is of major concern to the UK government.

Source: All Africa

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